Originally from Puerto Rico, Hebé García and her husband visited Abiquiu, NM for the first time in 2013 . It took just a week for them to fall in love with Abiquiu and its surroundings. By 2015 they were ready to move to New Mexico and were lucky to find a beautiful spot on top of a Mesa where they now have their home and García’s Artist Studio. García’s work—a diverse range of painting, sculpture, and installation—explores the intersections of feminism, mythology, and cultural roots. She is endlessly intrigued by the internal and external mysteries of humanity, how we navigate our emotions, desires, fantasies and impulses. The human figure plays a central role in her work, which straddles the line between the surreal and the real. Her “Mujeres andantes” represent the many roads travelled by women, symbolizing the journey of life and the decisions made during that journey. Her series “Conversaciones en silencio” ~an ongoing project~ gives weight to what our silence can mean under different circumstances. Composer Conni Ellisor states: “All things begin and end in silence. All things are contained in silence. And it follows that our silent conversations of the heart are some of our loudest”. García collects these conversations and presents the viewer with a set of circumstances that can unfold in various directions. She wants her work to act as a point of departure, encouraging the viewer to connect, interact, and ultimately create their own narrative.
Hebé García graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 1986. She has participated in numerous collective and individual shows within Puerto Rico and the USA, including the prestigious Muestra Nacional de Arte of 2013 de PR; La Entrada del Espejo 2016, San Antonio TX; Celebration of Clay 2018, Taos NM; A Certain Sense of Her 2019, Beeville, TX; Ceramic Wall Works, Roseville, CA; Honoring Women, San Antonio, TX; and From the Ground UP XXIX at the Museum of Art Las Cruces 2019, Las Cruces, NM where she earned a Third Place Award for her “Conversaciones en Silencio” ceramic sculpture work, amongst others. García is a participant of the Abiquiu Studio Tour famous self-guided, driving tour that takes visitors and collectors through the village of Abiquiu and the surrounding Chama River Valley in New Mexico. García’s work forms part of private and public collections throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Her work features also as part of the Museo Francisco Oller~Espacio Emergente in Bayamón, PR permanent collection.